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"Snow Day" Decisions

Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Families,

Given the winter weather we've experienced the past few school years, I thought it might be helpful to remind you of the process by which I make school closing decisions.

To minimize disruption to the educational process, the goal is always to keep school in session unless road conditions, severe cold or other weather conditions pose a significant risk to student safety. In the 2013-2014 winter, record snowfalls and extended bitter cold (beyond -25 degrees) reacted with one another (e.g. salt not working), making actual conditions even tougher to accurately predict. In the 2014-2015 winter, we faced some additional days that did not nearly reach the -25 and beyond mark, but also a few that did.  

However, just as there is no defined depth of snow accumulation that indicates closure (because of the overall effect of wind, ice, temperature, humidity and other factors), likewise, there is no exact temperature that indicates closure. Typically, when wind chills head into the -22 and below range, we consider school cancellation because frostbite can set in within approximately 30 minutes. If the road conditions are not favorable, bus delays may push bus stop wait times into the 30 minute range, posing a risk to our students. For that reason, a designated member of my administration will often drive district roads between 3:00 and 4:30 a.m. and report to me findings and recommendations that help inform my decision. I also consult with weather authorities and other area superintendents, but ultimately I have to make a decision based on what I feel is in the best interest of Bloomfield Hills students.

Whenever possible, I try to provide advance notice of school cancellation so that parents can make alternate plans. Yet, this has to be balanced with waiting as long as possible to make sure the weather stays true to the forecast. Of course, no forecast is perfect, and sometimes the temperatures and snowfall amounts vary, which supports waiting until 4:30 am to make the decision (despite the difficulty we know this poses to families who have less time to make alternate arrangements). There is no way to be perfect with this. I can only make the best possible decision in real time with the best available information.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Michigan winters are never predictable or easy to navigate, but we will do our very best to keep both learning and safety as our top priorities.

Sincerely,

Rob Glass
Superintendent

Social Media 101

Why should I be concerned?

  • Nearly 43% of kids have reported being bullied online (www.dosomething.org)
  • The location (past and current) of a social media user can be obtained instantly, via information posted online - “Creepy” app
  • Approximately 1 in 7 youth internet users received unwanted sexual solicitations (US Department of Justice)
  • Sending or receiving a sexually suggestive text or image under the age of 18 is considered child pornography and can result in criminal charges
  • Out of 381 colleges surveyed, 31% said they had visited an applicant’s Facebook or other personal social media page to learn more about them (The New York Times)  

How to help protect your child:

  • Check your privacy settings: Most apps and internet sites offer privacy settings.  Always make sure you are comfortable with the privacy settings on your child’s profile and make changes to the settings with your child so they know what they can and cannot change.
  • Know who your child’s friends are. Who are they sending messages/video/photos to? Ask your child to tell you how they know each person. Did they meet them in English class or online? This is important.
  • Disable or turn off GPS before taking photos that you intend to share online. Be aware of other private information, too. Taking photos on a family vacation? Someone may strike up a conversation with your child by asking how the trip went.
  • Be aware of the future. Posting a photo of your child in an embarrassing situation may be cute at 5 years old, but it will live in their “digital footprint” forever and may not be quite as cute at 25 years old, when they apply for a job.